In an increasingly complex world we’re expected to think faster, do more, and rest less than ever before. In most occupations, multitasking is a must, making the ability to manage one’s time and tasks effectively arguably the most vital skill any employee can bring into the modern workplace—and that’s just during the work week. After hours and on weekends (if you’re lucky enough to have them), keeping track of family events, time with friends and personal projects can be enough to bring those with even the sharpest of minds to their knees. Fortunately, there’s a ton of technology in place to help you make the transition from being a failed life planning chump to an organizational champ. To get you started, we’ve put together a list of a few of our favorite organizational apps. No matter whether they’re web-based, free or bound to your PC, they all have one thing in common: They’ll help you organize that herd of cats you call a life.
So, you’ve got a terabyte of media on your home PC—movies, music, TV shows, the works. On top of that, you like to watch streaming videos on the web and listen to Internet radio. Isn’t the future great? But how are you getting at all this media? Do you keep all your files in folders on your desktop, or are they just sitting on a NAS box? Maybe you use something like iTunes, and then fire up your browser to get at streaming content. There’s a better way.
What you need is a media front end, which can help you organize and access all your media, whether it’s files on your system or in the cloud. In this article, we’ll show you everything you need to do to get XBMC—a popular media front end—up, running, and customized.
Apple has done everything in its power to convince the public that when it comes to music hardware and software there’s only a single choice: the iPod, and iTunes, respectively. And while we do admit that the iPod is an excellent MP3 player, we’re not so enamored with iTunes. That’s why we’re going to show you how you can use Foobar, a popular open source program with a powerful, modular design, to manage your music files, rip CDs, and even manage your iPod.
In this guide we’ll show you how to get started organizing your music with Foobar, as well as how to customize the program, burn CDs, and manage an MP3 player. Read on to find out more!
Earlier this summer Google graduated Tasks from Gmail labs and brought it prime time into Gmail. Today, Google announced that there is a new full-screen version of the Tasks gadget available for iGoogle.
The Tasks gadget allows you create and synchronize task lists from within Gmail, Google Calendar, iGoogle, or your mobile phone. The tasks seamlessly synchronize across all of the Google applications so you can monitor your progress, check off items, or add new errands wherever you are.
If you’re already using Google Tasks, check out the full Google blog post for some power shortcuts in the new gadget. If you haven’t become your own evil task master check out the intro video after the jump.
Take control of your ever-expanding video and movie collection, so you can play whatever you want without spending hours searching for it!
We’d love to tell you that there’s a single free program that’s ideal for keeping track of every kind of video content you own—but we can’t. We have, however, discovered a pair of free programs that can make almost any video collection easy to manage!
But it’s not your fault. You spend an hour or so arranging your desk, moving your monitor, setting up your speakers—the last thing on your mind is cable management. When it comes time to plug everything in, you just want to fire up your rig and commence fragging, or movie watching, or minesweeping. You don’t want to get arm-deep in the mucky muck you’ve created behind your computer. What you can’t see won’t hurt you, right?